Grilled Zucchini and Ham Hock Salad
Grilled Zucchini and Ham Hock Salad
A salad by Justine Schofield from Everyday Gourmet that will be worth the effort when preparing!
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Technique Simmer
  • Preparation Time 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time 30 minutes
  • Yield 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 ham hock (around 900 g–1 kg) 1 carrot, cut in half
  • 1 onion, cut in half
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 bouquet garni (a few flat-leaf parsley and thyme sprigs tied together with kitchen string)
  • 3 zucchini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • A few thyme sprigs, leaves picked
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 French shallot, diced
  • ¼ cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • Mustard dressing:
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon horseradish cream
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 100 millilitres extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Method
  1. Combine the ham hock, carrot, onion, cloves and herbs in a large saucepan. Cover with plenty of cold water and bring to the boil, skimming off any impurities that rise to the surface. Turn the heat down to low and simmer gently for 2–2 1⁄2 hours, or until the meat falls easily off the bone. Top up with more water if necessary. Remove the ham hock from the stock. Reserve the stock (see tip). Once the ham hock is cool enough to handle, discard the skin and fat and pick the meat from the bones. Set the ham aside until needed. (This can be done a day or two ahead of time.)
  2. Cut two of the zucchini into 1.5 cm rounds. Heat a large chargrill pan or barbecue to medium–hot. Toss the sliced zucchini in the oil and thyme and season with salt and pepper. Grill on each side for 1–2 minutes, or until slightly charred and soft. Roughly squash with the back of a fork. Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and set aside to sweat for 10 minutes.
  3. Very finely slice the remaining raw zucchini into rounds using a knife or mandoline.
  4. For the dressing, whisk together all the ingredients in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Combine the shredded ham, cooked and raw zucchini, shallot and parsley in a serving bowl. At the last minute, toss the dressing through the salad, then dish up.

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